Recommended by Mona Chalabi
Last year, when an erratic businessman became an erratic president of the United States, there were calls for mental health professionals to publicly diagnose him as a psychopath. I was reminded of this TED Talk by the brilliant Jon Ronson.
In “Strange answers to the psychopath test,” Jon describes how he discovered a handy 20-point checklist for spotting a psychopath — and then he explains how it might not be so handy after all.
This talk reminds us of just how complex we humans are. A mental health diagnosis isn’t a simple slur you can throw at a political opponent. It’s possible to respect someone and view them as a psychopath just as much as it’s possible to loathe them while believing they’re sane.